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Counter for pensioners:
The main branch of the State Bank of India here has decided to start an early morning service counter for the pensioners. Chief Manager N. K. Talwar said the facility would be available for senior citizens from December 1 for the first five days of the month between 8:30 am to 10 am. 

Sikh leaders for action against ex-DSGMC chiefs:
Sikh leaders, including Manjit Singh Calcutta, veteran SGPC member, and Kanwarpal Singh, secretary-general, Dal Khalsa, today urged Jathedar, Akal Takht, Joginder Singh Vedanti to take suo moto action against Avtar Singh Hit and Parlahad Singh Chandok - both former presidents of the DSGMC on the basis of the startling facts revealed in a book, “When a tree shook Delhi - The 1984 Carnage and its Aftermath”, authored by Manoj Mitta and H.S. Phoolka, a senior lawyer of the Supreme Court.

Drug peddler held:
The police arrested Soni Singh, a resident of Amloh, for carrying 1.8 gm smack. According to sources a naka was put up on Bassi Pathana-Nandpur Kalour road and Soni was found roaming around in a suspicious manner and during a search, smack was recovered from him. Later, he confessed that he used to sell smack. A case has been registered. — OC

Child labourers rescued:
A special committee formed to check child labour in the city found two children aged nine years working and issued a challan to their employers, here today. The three-member committee formed by deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari included, naib tehsildar Karnail Singh, labour inspector Mukhtiar Singh and inspector, food supply, Shingara Singh. The team conducted raids at two shops in the city. Nine-year-old Dalip Kumar was found working as a sweeper at a fast food joint near the railway station. The department further issued a challan to a shop owner, Kirti Kumar Bhandari. After that, the team moved towards the Mall Road and found a child working at a tea stall and booked the shop owner. Both the children were taken to the police station and after recording their statements, were released. The matter will be taken up in the labour court for further proceedings.

Assaulted: Mohit Gupta, state working committee member of the BJP alleged that two unidentified armed miscreants near Hanuman Chowk in Bathinda accosted him on Tuesday evening. The miscreants who appeared to be in the 25-30 age group stopped his car bearing number PB03-N1007. An FIR has been lodged in this regard. Further investigation is on. 

Forest dept to produce 10 lakh saplings:
The Punjab Forest department will produce 10 lakh saplings of tree like eucalyptus, shisham and drek by new clonal technology to boost agro-forestry in the state. This was stated by Tikshan Sud, forests and wildlife minister, here on Tuesday. 

I-card for BPL families:
Deputy Commissioner V.K. Meena directed the officials to prepare identity cards for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families within the next ten days. He stated this during the vigilant committee meeting of the centrally sponsored schemes on Wednesday. He informed that Rs 10.38 lakh under Swaran Jayanti Gram Sewa Rojgar Yojana (SGSY), Rs 208.6 lakh under Sampooran Gramin Rojgar Yojana, Rs 41 lakh under Indira Awas Yojana and Rs 102.27 lakh under MPLAD scheme were spent during the current financial year. 

Suvidha centres:Commissioner of Faridkot and Ferozepur division, B.S. Sudan, informed that writing of performa of registries for the sale and purchase of property at Suvidha centres in six districts of Malwa has been started. According to a press release, these districts are Bathinda, Mansa, Ferozepur, Moga, Muktsar and Faridkot. He felt that it would dent the monopoly of deed writers who charge fee according to their will. He, however, added that still the customers could choose to utilise the services of deed writers. 

Protest rally:
Activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Krantikari), Lok Sangram Manch, Punjab, Technical Services Union staged a protest rally in front of the SDM office to protest against the alleged unruly behaviour by cops in Churiwala Dhanna village of Fazilka on Diwali night.

Teacher’s purse snatched:
An unidentified motorcycle-borne youth snatched a purse of Shivani Sharma of local Bahadurpur near a temple at local Shimla Pahari crossing on Tuesday. The purse contained Rs 2,000 cash, an ATM card and keys of Shivani’s school, where she is teaching. She was returning to her house from Adda Mahilpur. The police has registered a case under Section 382 of the IPC.

Woman’s body found: Body of Rachpal Singh of Hardokhanpur village was found hanging with the ceiling of the house of Veena Devi of the same village here on Wednesday. After taking the body in its custody, the police has sent it for postmortem to the civil hospital and did proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. 

Dalit Sena meet:
A meeting of the Dalit Sena was held under district president Satpal Singh here on Wednesday.  In this meeting, a decision was taken to participate in the Patna rally on November 28.  For this purpose, special duties were given to the workers for the preparation of the Patna rally. The leaders of the Dalit Sena appealed to the district administration for eradicating the Dalit exploitation. 

Ultrasound centres raided:
To check the menace of female foeticide, a team of civil, medical officials and representatives of various NGOs, led by SDM, Arshdeep Singh, conducted surprise checking of as many as three ultra sound scan centres in the district on Wednesday. The SDM called upon the medical fraternity not to misuse the latest technology and scientific advancement against humanity. The drive has been initiated on the directions of deputy commissioner Gurpal Singh Bhatti.

Dr Vikram Raj Singh Chauhan of Patiala was elected president in the 18th All India Forensic Science Conference held at Calcutta from November 16 to 18. Dr Chauhan is also chief forensic investigator of the Patiala Bureau of Identification. Dr M.S. Rao, chief forensic scientist, directorate of forensic science, New Delhi, launched the Indian Journal of Forensic Sciences on the occasion. The journal will provide a joint forum to the police, judiciary, advocates, scientists and research scholar from all over the world on research topics from all branches of forensic science.

Philosophy Day: The department of religious studies, Punjabi University, celebrated International Philosophy Day with the help of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, on Wednesday. Professor Edmund Weber, a German scholar from Goethe University, delivered a lecture on “Buddhism, Atheism and Casteism: Some historical observations on modern Buddhism ideology”.

Punjab to float MC bonds:
Focusing all round development of the cities, the Punjab government has decided to float bonds of the municipal corporations next year, said local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia. The minister along with senior officials of the department had a meeting with the Central government officials after which they decided to float bonds in the next financial year.



Volunteers donate blood during a blood donation camp organised by SBI in Panchkula on Wednesday.
Blood donation camp:
State Bank of India, zonal office, Haryana, organised a blood donation camp for the cause of thalassaemic children on Wednesday. The camp was inaugurated by Ajay Swaroop, CGM, SBI, Chandigarh circle. As many as 112 units of blood were collected during the camp. The camp was held in collaboration with the department of transfusion medicine, PGI, Chandigarh, under the supervision of Dr Usha Rao.
Volunteers donate blood during a blood donation camp organised by SBI in Panchkula on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Thieves decamped with cash from five shops at Baltana. According to the police, the theft came to light on Wednesday morning when the shopkeepers found the locks broken. Owners of Sharma Medicos, Punjab Medical House, Mittal Bartan Bhandar, Manohar Cloth House and INSA Crockery asked the police to register a case.



A seminar on career opportunities in aviation sector was held at MDSD Girls College, Ambala City on Wednesday. College principal Dr Kiran Angra said the seminar was organised by career guidance and placement cell of the college. The students were apprised of the job opportunities in airlines and also in the field of retail management.


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